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Reporting oppression: mapping racial prejudice in Anti-Caste and Fraternity, 1888-1895

Bressey, C; (2012) Reporting oppression: mapping racial prejudice in Anti-Caste and Fraternity, 1888-1895. Journal of Historical Geography , 38 (4) 401 - 411. 10.1016/j.jhg.2012.04.001. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper presents a close reading of the reports of racial oppression that appeared in issues of two periodicals, Anti-Caste and its successor Fraternity, between 1888 and 1895. Edited in Street, Somerset, these periodicals created an extensive political geographical imagination by mapping international cases of racial prejudice. Although critical of the British empire, neither Anti-Caste nor Fraternity demanded the destruction of the British empire. In a tactic similar to that used by early Pan-Africanists, the papers’ narratives desired an end to the expansion of the British empire and an increase in the respect for and conditions of those who were ruled ‘under the British Flag’. However, Anti-Caste’s focus upon racial inequality across the United States as well as the British empire enabled it to create a distinctive critique of racial prejudice across the English-speaking world. Its criticism of the imperial project combined with support for human brotherhood allowed the paper to develop a framework for debates on racial prejudice that drew together criticisms of labour laws in India, the removal of people from their lands in Southern Africa, the racial segregation of public transport in the United States and the restriction of Chinese labour in Australia.

Type: Article
Title: Reporting oppression: mapping racial prejudice in Anti-Caste and Fraternity, 1888-1895
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhg.2012.04.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2012.04.001
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Race, Racial prejudice, Imperialism, Empire, Nineteenth century, Publishing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1360310
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